Glad I stumbled onto this thread...some great info!
I am trying to find some more info on 2 Jetstars that were utilized by a company (E.F. MacDonald of Dayton Ohio) that my grandfather used to work for and, as a child, I spent some time traveling on.
It is rumored that the first Jetstar was C/N 5023 (not sure of the N number at the time).
The second Jetstar was N636C (not sure of the serial). I have photos of this so I know the N number is correct.
I have searched for more info on the FAA site as well as spoken to them on the phone and they do not have much history in the database on these 2 'Stars.
If anyone can assist me it would be greatly appreciated.
Wow...I was googling for EF Macdonald's JetStars...my father was one of their three pilots, B.H. "Pete" Peterson, the others were Bill Hafnerr and John something, I've forgotten his last name. They flew out of Detroit City Airport, when Mr. MacD retired, the company moved the plane to Dayton...
Who was your grandfather? John had several children in my age group (I'm 60-something now, lol) and Mr. Bill may have had more than the one I know about.
Dad and John were scheduled to fly to Europe in 1970, I remember that date because I had just been given a weanling half-Arab. My dad was helping me with him and they slipped in the mud at the gate, Dad let go of the halter but not the lead rope, Rein got out to the end, thought he was free and kicked up his heels, getting my father on his pubic bone...an inch either way and it would have been really bad, as it was, Dad was black and blue and pretty unhappy.
Mr Bill wasn't going because his daughter was getting married and he wouldn't have been happy to miss it so Dad had no choice but to find a way to get his leg over the console and flew the trip with an icepack on his lap...
I remember two of their planes, the first one was painted white with either blue and gold or green and gold trim. I got to ride in it when the plane got fogged out of Detroit City Airport and landed instead at Detroit Metro, we kids got to ride along when Dad and Mr. Bill hopped her home. She was a beautiful machine...I was in high school at the time.
N1007 was the JetStar seen in the James Bond movie, Goldfinger., hence the 007 number, lol. The company got it as a loner from Lockheed after a mishap put N636 in the shop. Dad and Mr. Bill were down in Ft Lauderdale and on their way home...just before rotation, the wing wheels on one side blew out, leaving my dad and Mr. Bill standing on the brakes, hollering "whoa b*tch, WHOA!!!!" The nose wheel collapsed and they dug up about 1000 feet of runway lights but no one was hurt.
Dad passed away in 1995, if there's anyone here who still remembers him, I'd certainly love to hear from you...